Χρόνια Πολλά!  In 2021 Greece celebrated a special anniversary on March 25th – Its 200 Υears Οf Ιndependence!

If you want to read more about this important National Celebration, the Greek National Anthem, useful vocabulary etc…
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as well as a Greek -file Audio to improve your listening skills in Greek 🙂

Unfortunately, it is difficult to celebrate in a covid lockdown, so a special song was selected for this celebration 😉

To celebrate the 200 years since the Greek Revolution, the famous song of Dionysis Savvopoulos has been chosen for the official video clip of this event. See below.

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The „Marti bracelet“ or just “Marti” is an ancient custom for the beginning of Spring. It is believed it dates back to ancient Greece and it is known all over the Balkans.
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The recent years more and more Omilo students, mostly nationals of non-EU-countries, seem to be interested in moving to Greece or become residents of Greece.
From 2020 also UK-nationals are included in the interested individuals. We have heard various personal reasons for considering taking that step, for example: Weiterlesen

It is January 2021, and unfortunately, we are still experiencing a lockdown in Greece, due to „corona“!
Traveling to or within Greece is limited now, but just in case you are planning to be in Greece during the winter season, this year or next year, be aware that Greece is not just a summer destination, but also a great winter destination.  So let’s talk about some nice villages to visit during winter.
Above you can see a photo of the village of Nymfaio, in Northern Greece.

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Greece might be a „coffee country“ and not so known for tea, but did you know that there are different types of Greek herbal teas?
They have plenty of health benefits and are associated with staying at home and keeping warm during the cold winter months, so now we have a perfect chance to learn more about them, and enjoy the Greek herbal teas during the „lockdown Christmas Season“!

Teas are also seen mainly as a pleasant alternative to coffee that tastes nice and soothes the mind and body after a stressful day. Weiterlesen

The ancient Greeks told stories about their gods, Greek myths. Stories of Greek mythology are still told today and take place in various regions in Greece.
Here you can learn about a Myth, in the town of Livadia.


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Who could imagine in March 2020, that the whole world would go to „lockdown“ due to the Corona Covid-19 virus, and when traveling many times a „quarantine“ is requested? All this belonged to history, most of us thought… or the younger generation probably never heard of the word „quarantine“ before. S0 let’s see how the quarantine was organized on the Greek island of Syros, in the previous century.


Since 2005, during the summer months, Omilo is organizing its Greek Language and Culture courses on the island of Syros. The Omilo students usually fly to Athens or Mykonos, and from there travel by boat to Hermoupolis, the harbor of Syros island, and the capital of all Cycladic islands.

When you are about to arrive and face the harbor, you have a magnificent view over the hills of Hermoupolis and Ano Syros.  When you look to the left, on the southern extremity of the port, you also see a stone building, which once was the island’s quarantine, the “Lazaretto”. Nowadays, the building is beautifully lit at night, so it is easy to spot.

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Music definitely plays a very important role in the life of Greeks. In joy and sorrow, Greeks sing. And the truth is that they have the opportunity to choose among several categories of songs, in order to express every time their feelings: there are plenty of folk songs, rebetika, laika, entexna (the Greek word ‘τέχνη’ means ‘art’, so ‘entexna’ is a category of songs with more sophisticated music and lyrics) as well as rock and pop listenings.

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On the first day of the New Year, in many Greek homes,  the new year is welcomed by opening a pomegranate for good luck. It is also common  to receive  a pomegranate (‚ρόδι‘, made of metal, glass or other materials) as a gift in Greece,  to bring good luck ( ‘γούρι“) for the new year.
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Do you love Greece? You are not Greek, but you feel Greek? If you ask the question: “Why Greeks can be proud to be Greek?”, we can come up with many answers!
Take a look at the answers below and let us know what else is missing… In the meantime, do not forget to learn some useful Greek vocabulary!
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